Resources for Schools
Food allergy is a growing public health issue that impacts almost every school across the United States. Nearly 6 million children in the U.S. – which equates to 1 in 13, or roughly 2 in every classroom – have a food allergy.
Studies have indicated that 16-18% of school-age children who have food allergies have had a reaction in school. In addition, in approximately 25% of the reactions that occur at school, the student had not yet been diagnosed with food allergy.1
Schools should develop policies to manage food allergies appropriately, including information on handling medical emergencies, and taking preventative measures to avoid a student’s exposure to a known food allergen. Physicians, families, and school staff should work together to formulate reasonable and practical plans that will keep students with food allergies safe.
FARE has a variety of resources for schools can use to help create a safer environment for students with food allergies and increase awareness about food allergies among the student body. These include:
FARE's Safe@School program provides resources for administrators to conduct in-service training about food allergies and anaphylaxis. Making a presentation about food allergies in child care facilities will be simplified with the use of this CD, which also provides talking points for presenters. To purchase this program, please call FARE at (800) 929-4040. Download and share this flyer describing FARE’s Safe@School program designed to provide educators with the facts and practical techniques they need to successfully manage food allergies in the school setting.
Guidelines & Templates
Additional resources schools may find useful:
A Critical Need for Food Allergy Policies in Schools
A report in the New England Journal of Medicine titled “Fatal and Near-Fatal Anaphylactic Reactions to Food in Children and Adolescents” indicated that four of the six deaths from food allergy examined in the report occurred in school, and were associated with significant delays in treating the reactions with epinephrine.
Several other studies that have looked at food allergy and anaphylaxis management in schools and childcare settings have found inadequate food allergy management plans and inadequate recognition of allergic symptoms and treatment with epinephrine.
1. Administration of Epinephrine for Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions in School Settings. CL Mcintyre, AH Sheetz, CR Carroll, MC Young. Pediatrics. Vol. 116, No. 5. Nov. 2005